I am writing in response to "Pittsburgh Needs Immigration Reform," a Perspectives piece published May 31.
The immigration bill that the Senate will take up this month, formally titled the Border Protection, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act, would, if passed, immediately grant legal work authorization to approximately 11 million illegal aliens who, because of their current immigration status, cannot or should not be working.
In addition, a non-partisan Washington, D.C., organization found that S. 744 would over the next decade give 33 million high- and low-skilled foreign-born nationals visas to compete in the American job market. That's equal to Canada's entire population.
Currently, about 20 million Americans are unemployed or under-employed; 500,000 live in Pennsylvania. More than 800,000 discouraged workers have given up their job searches; 50 percent of recent college graduates cannot find employment that justifies the debt they incurred to earn their diplomas.
The strict border enforcement that the Gang of Eight senators promised is not part of the final legislation. Without enforcement, illegal immigration will continue unchecked.
The authors ignored these important points. S. 744 is massive -- 1,076 pages long -- and all of it harmful to unemployed Americans, especially black and Hispanic minorities, who would have to compete with millions more overseas workers.